Airspy HF+ Discovery

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aurgathor
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Re: Airspy HF+ Discovery

Post by aurgathor » Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:08 am

As per support, they were apparently out of stock, but I just got an email with a tracking number a short time ago.
So it's probably 10 - 20 days until I receive it.

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Re: Airspy HF+ Discovery

Post by hotpaw2 » Tue Dec 03, 2019 6:10 pm

Username wrote:
Tue Nov 26, 2019 4:43 pm
Does the Airspy HF+ Discovery have an internal Amp?
Yes. I got a Airspy HF+ Discovery a few months back.
For MF and HF, it works with a small loop of wire, even with just a dozen turns of wire around a ferrite rod.
So it must have a pretty decent internal RF amplifier.

I'm using it to stream IQ samples to my iPad from a Raspberry Pi server using hfp_tcp (a rtl_tcp "work-alike" for the Airspy HF+).

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Re: Airspy HF+ Discovery

Post by Username » Thu Dec 19, 2019 2:43 pm

So I receive it today minutes before I want start a rand tread here.
Sadly I dont pick any interesting. It seem the are a little better than my sdr setup.

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Re: Airspy HF+ Discovery

Post by aurgathor » Sat Dec 21, 2019 10:26 am

I received mine, too. I only tried it on broadcast FM so far, and it's definitely better than my RTL-SDR. Of course for an over 7x price it's better be better.

I wanted to see if there is a separate LNA inside, but peeking under the hood is not easy.
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Re: Airspy HF+ Discovery

Post by Username » Sat Dec 21, 2019 11:55 am

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0000-0400	China National Radio	13850	Daily	Chinese	East Asia	China, Qiqihar	30	225
0100-0057	Radio France International	3965	Daily	French	France	France, Issoudun	1	Non Directional
0100-0057	Funklust bitXpress (BIX)	15785	Irregular	German	Europe	Germany, Erlangen	0.1	Non Directional
0100-0400	China National Radio	15180	Daily	Chinese	North East Asia	China, Kunming	30	32
0100-0600	Chukotka Radio	15325	Daily	Russia	Chukotka, Russia	Russia, Komsomolsk Amur	25	34
0100-0800	China National Radio	17830	Daily	Chinese	S & S East Asia	China, Urumqi	30	98
0100-0900	China National Radio	13825	Daily	Chinese	East Asia	China, Beijing	30	175
0100-0900	China National Radio	11695	Daily	Chinese	East Asia	China, Dongfang	30	41
0400-0500	Radio Romania International	9820	Daily	English	India	Romania, Galbeni	90	97
0400-0800	China National Radio	17800	Daily	Chinese	East Asia	China, Kunming	30	32
0400-0900	China National Radio	11990	Daily	Chinese	East Asia	China, Qiqihar	30	225
0459-0600	BBC World Service	3955	Daily	English	NW Europe	UK, Woofferton	100	114
0500-0530	Radio Romania International	13730	Daily	Chinese	China	Romania, Tiganesti	90	67
0500-0600	Radio Romania International	7220	Daily	Romania	Cent & W. Europe	Romania, Galbeni	90	285
0500-0800	Radio Kuwait	11970	Daily	English	India	Kuwait, Sulaibiyah	200	100
0530-0600	Radio Romania International	5940	Daily	Russian	Russia	Romania, Tiganesti	90	37
0600-0630	Radio Romania International	6040	Daily	French	W.Europe	Romania, Galbeni	90	285
0600-1000	Chukotka Radio	6025	Daily	Russia	Chukotka, Russia	Russia, Komsomolsk Amur	25	34
0630-0700	Radio Romania International	6040	Daily	English	W.Europe	Romania, Tignesti	90	300
0630-0700	Radio Romania International	15450	Daily	English	India	Romania, Tiganesti	90	97
0700-0730	Radio Romania International	6175	Daily	German	W.Europe	Romania, Tignesti	90	307
0700-0900	The Overcomer Ministry (WINB)	7315	Daily	English	N.America	USA, Red Lion, PA	50	242
0700-0900	China National Radio	17790	Daily	Chinese	North East Asia	China, Dongfang	30	16
0700-1000	WINB	7315	Mon-Fri	English and Spanish	Europe	USA, Red Lion, PA	15	62
0759-0900	BBC World Service	15620	Daily	English	India	Singapore, Kranji	100	315
0800-1100	China National Radio	15180	Daily	Chinese	East Asia	China, Kunming	30	32
0800-1200	China National Radio	9655	Daily	Chinese	East Asia	China, Urumqi	30	98
0900-1200	Radio France International	6175
occasional tests	Daily	French	Europe + N.Africa	France, Issoudun	100 + 100	153 + 267
0900-1200	China National Radio	13710	Daily	Chinese	East Asia	China, Qiqihar	30	203
0945-1325	Radio Kuwait	15110	Daily	Arabic	Europe	Kuwait, Sulaibiyah	200	310
1000-1100	All India Radio	15410	Daily	Dual Channel, English, GOS I, Hindi Raagam V-B	Australia	India, Bengaluru	185	120
1000-1200	WINB	9265	Mon-Fri	English and Spanish	Europe	USA, Red Lion, PA	15	62
1000-1200	The Overcomer Ministry (WINB)	9265	Daily	English	S.America	USA, Red Lion, PA	50	62
1026-1056	TransWorld (KTWR)	13800	Sunday	English	India	KTWR, Guam	90	285
1026-1056	TransWorld (KTWR)	11995	Wednesday	English	China	KTWR, Guam	90	315
1145-1330	All India Radio	15030	Daily	Dual Channel Chinese (1145-1315) and Tibetan (1215-1330)	East Asia	India, Bengaluru	185	60
1200-1700	WINB	13690	Mon-Fri	English and Spanish	Europe	USA, Red Lion, PA	15	62
1200-1700	WINB	13690	Mon-Fri	English	S.America	USA, Red Lion, PA	50	62
1215-1245	TransWorld (KTWR)	7500	Thursday	English	Japan	KTWR, Guam	90	345
1600-1630	Radio Romania International	6030	Daily	Russian	Russia	Romania, Tiganesti	90	37
1600-1800	Radio Kuwait	15540	Daily	Urdu	India	Kuwait, Sulaibiyah	200	90
1600-1900 (1600-1630 irregular)	Voice of Nigeria	15120	Daily	Arabic, Igbo and English	W.Europe	Nigeria, Abuja Lugbe	250	7
1651-1750 (times may vary)	Radio New Zealand International	5975	Sun-Fri	English	Pacific	New Zealand, Rangitaiki	50	35
1700-1800	Radio Romania International	6025	Daily	French	France	Romania, Tiganesti	90	292
1700-2000	Radio Kuwait	13650	Daily	Arabic	Middle East	Kuwait, Sulaibiyah	200	350
1745-1945	All India Radio	7550	Daily	Dual Channel, English, GOS III, Hindi, Raagam	W.Europe	India, Bengaluru	185	320
1750-1850 (times may vary)	Radio New Zealand International	9780	Sun-Fri	English	Pacific	New Zealand, Rangitaiki	50	35
1800-1900	Radio Romania International	7350	Daily	English	W.Europe	Romania, Tiganesti	90	307
1800-2100	Radio Kuwait	15540	Daily	English	W.Europe	Kuwait, Sulaibiyah	200	310
1851-1958 (times may vary)	Radio New Zealand International	11690	Sun-Fri	English	Pacific	New Zealand, Rangitaiki	50	35
1900-1930	Radio Romania International	5955	Daily	Italian	Italy	Romania, Saftica	90	270
1900-2000	Radio Romania International	6180	Daily	German	Germany	Romania, Tiganesti	90	307
1945-2045	All India Radio	7550	Daily	Dual channel Hindi and French	W.Europe	India, Bengaluru	185	320
1950-2100 (times may vary)	Radio New Zealand International	11690	Sun-Fri	English	Pacific	New Zealand, Rangitaiki	50	35
2000-1000	Chukotka Radio	5935	Daily	Russia	Chukotka, Russia	Russia, Komsomolsk Amur	25	34
2025-1805 (not Tue 0600-0900)	China National Radio	6030	Daily	Chinese	East Asia	China, Beijing	30	Non directional
2045-2230	All India Radio	7550	Daily	Dual Channel, English, GOS IV, Hindi, Raagam V-B	W.Europe	India, Bengaluru	185	320
2100-2130	Radio Romania International	6030	Daily	French	W.Europe	Romania, Galbeni	90	285
2130-2200	Radio Romania International	6030	Daily	English	W Europe	Romania, Galbeni	90	300
2200-0100	Chukotka Radio	11860	Daily	Russia	Chukotka, Russia	Russia, Komsomolsk Amur	25	34
2200-0100	China National Radio	9655	Daily	Chinese	East Asia	China, Urumqi	30	98
2200-2300	Radio Romania International	9490	Daily	Spanish	Spain and S.America	Romania, Tiganesti	90	247
2245-0045	All India Radio	7550	Daily	Dual Channel, English, GOS V, Hindi Raagam V-B	Asia Pacific	India, Bengaluru	185	90
2300-2400	Radio Romania International	6040	Daily	English	W Europe	Romania, Galbeni	90	300
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Re: Airspy HF+ Discovery

Post by aurgathor » Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:32 pm

If you haven't seen in the front page, the Discovery got reviewed by WRTH here: https://irp-cdn.multiscreensite.com/46d ... review.pdf
and it got an excellent grade, as illustrated by their conclusion:
Overall, we find it remarkable and very commendable that a small and relatively unassuming plastic box should turn out to be a radio receiver with a spectacular combination of performance and versatility. And at its very affordable price point, the ratio of price to performance of the Discovery could fairly be described as stratospheric. It is highly recommended.
I'm glad that I took advantage of their Black Friday special.

And even though the outer case is plastic, most everything is under a metal shield, so a metal box wouldn't have made much of a difference.

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Re: Airspy HF+ Discovery

Post by JEL » Fri Jan 17, 2020 4:54 am

I have been doing some antenna-tests with the 'discovery' and it is quite impressive what you can pull from this thing :)

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Re: Airspy HF+ Discovery

Post by VE3EAR » Sat Jan 25, 2020 3:44 pm

I've had my Discovery for over a week now, and I'm continuing to be amazed at how well it works. The lowest frequency I've received a signal on was a 24 kHz. transmission from NAA, Cutler, Maine. and the highest was a 10 meter CW station. I'm using the Gqrx SDR software in my Mac with OSX El Capitan.

I'm receiving with my broadband delta-loop antenna, which is "too much antenna" for it, so I've a 6 dB., 75 ohm, CATV attenuator in the RG-6 feed line. I've found that ham SSB signals that can hardly be seen in the waterfall are an easy copy. It was money well spent, and a lot cheaper than a communications receiver!

73, Bruce, VE3EAR

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